Full Moon Auguring

Full Moonset January

January’s full moon was just setting in the predawn light this morning. Even before morning tea, for this happens quickly, I nabbed my camera and was outside to capture this brilliance still hanging in the sky.

Full Moonrise January

I behaved in the same lunatic way last night upon seeing the moonrise.

Full Moonrise Reflected

Sometimes it seems the best way to catch this bright disk is in a reflection, here in my altar room window.

This invites a sort of scrying, especially around the new year.

This online journal of mine may seem to have gone off on a lunar tangent, and the studio updates have been few. I have been mining neglected corners and dusty shelves for dross and occasional treasure. These fallow times are necessary to any creative process. My lesson from Lady Moon is the wisdom of life’s cycles, with the sure knowledge that what may seem waning may in truth be waxing, though only seen in reflections or through a welter of obscuring branches. Endarkenment and lunar consciousness are rich veins of story, dreams, ideas and pathwork. Ways become more clear in their own good time.

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  • Jane Brenner 01/16/2014, 10:38 am

    Interesting word, Cari, scrying. Meaning? I think seeing the moon in the daytime just now is a surprise.

    • Cari 01/16/2014, 11:00 am

      Scrying is a very old practice of seeking omens in reflective things, such as a watery surface, the famous crystal ball, or in this case, a lunar reflection on glass. Some people scry with fire and smoke. When I compare these photos with what I could capture of the moon’s sphere when it is just new just two weeks ago, it seems to me almost a metaphor for being able to see better in the dark than in too bright a light. And so scrying must be the art of looking at something indirectly to better see its secrets.

  • Sarah 01/17/2014, 9:20 am

    What a lovely definition of scrying. Sometimes the indirect approach is best, as with wild animals and wild dreams…

  • Michele 02/18/2014, 9:20 pm

    These fallow times are necessary to any creative process…

    And isn’t that what winter is all about?

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